Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 10:52 UTC

Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

Apparently AT&T is not considered to be a technology company, because they spent more than Google. All in all, virtually all companies heavily increased their spending on legalised corruption in the US.

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RE: Age-old practice
by thesunnyk on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 22:55 UTC in reply to "Age-old practice"
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If you look back, there were a bunch of wolf whistles in the form of regulation that the president conveniently "stopped" that was (potentially) a signal to these industries that if they didn't start "donating" money and become "politically involved", they would be up shit creek.

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